This past weekend, over 200 guests gathered at the Mr. C in Beverly Hills for the Culture Creators Brunch, in celebration with the BET Awards. Culture Creators’ founder and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand partnerships at Atlantic Records, Joi Pitts, invited the music industry’s most powerful figures to celebrate their contributions to furthering black culture in the music industry. Katt Williams, DJ Drama, Laz Alonso, Estelle, Bridget Kelly, and Bevy Smith were just some in attendance honoring the industry’s leaders and innovators.
Sponsored by Seagram’s Gin and Revolt TV, the brunch acknowledged those leaders and innovators of the entertainment industry and had them “pass the torch” to the current innovators who are making their mark behind the scenes. Master of the ceremony and television producer Mona Scott-Young presented each honoree with an award after Beyonce’s publicist and Prince’s rep Yvette Noel-Schure gave inspiring speeches. Katt Williams surprised the audience with an appearance to accept an award on behalf of entertainment industry giant Andre Harrell. Each year, Culture Creators hopes to continue to honor those actively furthering the success of the Black influencers in entertainment.
LIST OF HONOREES
Ethiopia Habtemariam (President of Urban Music and /Co-Head of Creative to Universal Music Publishing Group) has worked with Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Miguel, J Cole, and Ciara. Michael “Blue” Williams (Blue AGI Management and Marketing Solutions) has guided the careers of Outkast, Nas, and Big Sean. Juliette Jones (SVP, Radio Promotions, Atlantic Records) has worked with everyone from Jamie Foxx, Wale, and Jill Scott. Yvette Noel-Schure (Founder of Schure Media Group) serves as Beyoncé and Prince’s personal publicist. Mark Pitts (President, Urban Music, RCA Records & CEO Bystorm Entertainment) has managed The Notorious B.I.G, Nas, Usher, and TLC. Chris Atlas (SVP of Marketing Island Def Jam Recordings) is responsible for overseeing the marketing of Rick Ross, Nas, Jadakiss, Trinidad Jame$, and others. Andre Harrell (Vice Chairman of REVOLT Media & TV) has launched the careers of Sean Combs, Jodeci, Heavy D and The Boyz, Mary J. Blige, and Al B. Sure! to stardom. DJ Drama (A&R of Atlantic Records) gained recognition as T.I.’s official DJ and his Gangsta Grillz mixtape series, which has launched the careers of Jeezy, Rick Ross, Nelly, Gucci Mane, and Yo Gotti.
Phylicia Fant (VP, Publicity & Lifestyle Marketing, Warner Brothers Records) has been a part of the successful careers of JoJo, Kid Cudi, Amy Winehouse and Jason Derulo. Dallas Martin (SVP, A&R, MMG & Atlantic Records) has been instrumental in helping to guide the careers of artists like K. Michelle, Rich Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, and more. Kristen Fraser (Music Marketing, Beats By Dre) has grown into a powerful up-and-comer over the years by working for companies like Cornerstone, Nike, and Island Def Jam. Miss Diddy (The Brand Group LA) works as a promoter and is one of the only females in this very male dominated sector of the industry.
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